We are lucky enough to live in an age dominated by innovation and technology. Smart technology, travel productivity, and helpful applications are everywhere, making it easier for all of us to live more efficiently. However, it is also important for us to be eco-friendly to help our planet. Energy proofing your home can be a good start to significantly impact the Earth, our communities, and our energy bills. In order to be greener at home and live more effectively, here are things you can do.
Use Appliances and Electronics Responsibly
About 20 percent of household energy bills in our home is due to our appliances and electronics. It occupies our homes as we seek to fulfill our needs in entertainment and networking. It is estimated that the average home has more than 25 consumer electronic products, and many of these appliances and gadgets are left behind 24 hours a day. We have developed into an always-on, always-connected culture.
We can do the following energy efficiency tips to minimize the needed energy of electronic devices: (a) we should shut down computers when they are not in use, (b) refrigerators and freezers should not be placed near the stove, or direct sunlight as exposure to warm areas would cause them to use more energy, (c) chargers should be unplugged for laptops and mobile phones (d) use laptops instead of desktop computers as they consume more energy.
Seal and Insulate your Home
One of the most cost-effective ways to make a house more comfortable and energy-efficient is to seal and insulate your home, and you can do it yourself. The benefits of upgrading your home’s insulation include improving your house’s heating and cooling costs, seal air leaks, prevent gradual damage to your home, increase comfort, and reduce utility bills. Your attic will be a great place to start because it will help build barriers to stop heat from seeping in and escaping from your home.
Homeowners can carry out a number of repairs and maintenance to their attic, such as plugging the major gaps, sealing the small holes, and weather stripping the attic access panel. Other places where you should consider installing insulation are floors, basement, and crawlspace. Not only does proper insulation preserve cool air in the building, but it also has several additional benefits.
Replace Incandescent Bulbs
The average household devotes 11% of its energy expenditure to the lighting industry. Just about 10 percent of the energy they absorb is converted into light by conventional incandescent lamps, while the remainder becomes heat. New lighting technologies, such as light-emitting diodes and compact fluorescent lamps, are recommended because they provide longer-lasting light and can help in energy conservation than incandescent light bulbs. Since 40 bulbs are used by the average household, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.
Homeowners who take the initiative to make these improvements usually discover that the effort is more than worth the energy savings. Through doing this, all by simple energy-saving steps, you can save money, increase your property value, and protect the environment. To greenify and build an energy-efficient house, everyone should be able to make this list.